Aruba Scuba Excursion Reviews

Geared for certified scuba divers, this underwater adventure includes gardens of coral and visits from schools of unique marine life while venturing throughout Aruba's waters.
Be CAREFUL when booking a dive trip Aruba as the ship is only in port for a few hours and you will ...
Sail Date: December 2018
Be CAREFUL when booking a dive trip Aruba as the ship is only in port for a few hours and you will be UNABLE to complete the excursion. Fortunately, we booked the excursion with the same company as we booked the cruise and we had ... Read More
Be CAREFUL when booking a dive trip Aruba as the ship is only in port for a few hours and you will be UNABLE to complete the excursion. Fortunately, we booked the excursion with the same company as we booked the cruise and we had insurance that reimbursed the pre-paid expense due to the lack of time available. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
I learned how to scuba dive!
Sail Date: April 2018
I learned how to scuba dive! It was awesome and I will certainly do it again!
I learned how to scuba dive! It was awesome and I will certainly do it again! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Husband really enjoyed this experience--beautiful fish and satisfying time.
Sail Date: March 2018
Husband really enjoyed this experience--beautiful fish and satisfying time.
Husband really enjoyed this experience--beautiful fish and satisfying time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Part of the onboard PADI certification course, excellent diving experience.
Sail Date: January 2018
Part of the onboard PADI certification course, excellent diving experience.
Part of the onboard PADI certification course, excellent diving experience. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Excellent diving.
Sail Date: January 2018
Excellent diving. It was cheaper to book with cruise line.
Excellent diving. It was cheaper to book with cruise line. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Excellent dives, for a cruise ship.
Sail Date: November 2017
Excellent dives, for a cruise ship. Two wreck dives, teeming with fish. Encountered largest green Moray we have ever seen in 20+ years of diving.
Excellent dives, for a cruise ship. Two wreck dives, teeming with fish. Encountered largest green Moray we have ever seen in 20+ years of diving. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Great dive, the tour company did a great dive trip
Sail Date: September 2017
Great dive, the tour company did a great dive trip
Great dive, the tour company did a great dive trip Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Boat dive with Red Lion divers.
Sail Date: May 2017
Boat dive with Red Lion divers. Good experience, great wreck dives! See my main review under Adventure of the Seas.
Boat dive with Red Lion divers. Good experience, great wreck dives! See my main review under Adventure of the Seas. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The company was very thorough in trying to teach you about use of the scuba equipment and safety.
Sail Date: January 2017
The company was very thorough in trying to teach you about use of the scuba equipment and safety. They teach you initially in a pool, then take you to a nearby inlet. However, it was a little too much, too quickly. Entry into the water ... Read More
The company was very thorough in trying to teach you about use of the scuba equipment and safety. They teach you initially in a pool, then take you to a nearby inlet. However, it was a little too much, too quickly. Entry into the water and going down should be a little slower. I suggest fewer participants and more time for the excursion. Several of the participants ultimately didn't go down and swim around, and perhaps shallower water for beginners would be better. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
shore dive-lots of rocks and long swim before getting to actually be diving-but great communication
Sail Date: October 2016
shore dive-lots of rocks and long swim before getting to actually be diving-but great communication
shore dive-lots of rocks and long swim before getting to actually be diving-but great communication Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
A good trip.
Sail Date: June 2016
A good trip. Well handled. My daughter is not certified but she did great even with some pretty choppy seas.
A good trip. Well handled. My daughter is not certified but she did great even with some pretty choppy seas. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
What an awesome dive spot!
Sail Date: December 2015
What an awesome dive spot! 2 instructors on our dive, 4 students counting the 2 of us. Some freedom to leave the group as long as we stayed at depth and within sight. Water was a little murky from the unseasonably high winds and current ... Read More
What an awesome dive spot! 2 instructors on our dive, 4 students counting the 2 of us. Some freedom to leave the group as long as we stayed at depth and within sight. Water was a little murky from the unseasonably high winds and current so we never strayed more than 20 feet away. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Grandson and I dove the Ghost Ship and then another wreck with Red Sails Diving.
Sail Date: December 2015
Grandson and I dove the Ghost Ship and then another wreck with Red Sails Diving. This was a super trip. Great dive operation and sites. This was the perfect way to end our diving on this cruise. Pictures and video of a monster (so big that ... Read More
Grandson and I dove the Ghost Ship and then another wreck with Red Sails Diving. This was a super trip. Great dive operation and sites. This was the perfect way to end our diving on this cruise. Pictures and video of a monster (so big that is the only way to describe it) green moray eel. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The Scuba with Red Sail Sports is done properly with plenty of land and pool based instruction ...
Sail Date: October 2015
The Scuba with Red Sail Sports is done properly with plenty of land and pool based instruction before heading out to sea with experienced PADI instructors. Felt safe and confident all the way with them.
The Scuba with Red Sail Sports is done properly with plenty of land and pool based instruction before heading out to sea with experienced PADI instructors. Felt safe and confident all the way with them. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
My son and husband took this excursion and loved it.
Sail Date: November 2014
My son and husband took this excursion and loved it. I went shopping in Aruba.
My son and husband took this excursion and loved it. I went shopping in Aruba. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Took cab to Palm Beach resort area.
Sail Date: June 2014
Took cab to Palm Beach resort area. This area has a nice public beach in front of the various high rise resorts. Lots to do here for fun. We walked up and got a 2 tank dive last minute, but I would recommend reserving becase they do fill ... Read More
Took cab to Palm Beach resort area. This area has a nice public beach in front of the various high rise resorts. Lots to do here for fun. We walked up and got a 2 tank dive last minute, but I would recommend reserving becase they do fill up. The operator was right on the beach, we geared and then loaded a boat right off the beach. The diving was OK and for people who do not dive much it would be very good. Not as good as Grand Turk which was excellent. They dive the Antila wreck which would be nice except there are sometimes half a dozen or more other boaths there at the same time so a bit chaotic and not the best visibility. The wreck itself is interesting and encrusted with lots of sponges and life, just wish for lots less people. Second dive was patch reef off Arashi beach area; more scerene and got to see some turtles; visibilty again was fair. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Red Sail did a wonderful job with our group of about eight people.
Sail Date: March 2013
Red Sail did a wonderful job with our group of about eight people. We all felt safe and well taken care of.
Red Sail did a wonderful job with our group of about eight people. We all felt safe and well taken care of. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
The dive was fine but they had no wet suits on the dive boat so I was getting a bit cold during the ...
Sail Date: February 2013
The dive was fine but they had no wet suits on the dive boat so I was getting a bit cold during the dive. Otherwise they were very professional.
The dive was fine but they had no wet suits on the dive boat so I was getting a bit cold during the dive. Otherwise they were very professional. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
I took a two tank dive at this port.
Sail Date: November 2012
I took a two tank dive at this port. We met in a building outside the ship. The building had venders inside where I purchased a few gifts. The boats for Red Sail Sports met us in the water across from the ship and took us to two dive ... Read More
I took a two tank dive at this port. We met in a building outside the ship. The building had venders inside where I purchased a few gifts. The boats for Red Sail Sports met us in the water across from the ship and took us to two dive sites. They ended the tour by stopping at a beach. You had the option of staying at the beach and finding your way back to the ship or take the provided transportation by van to the ship. I returned to the ship, took a shower and returned to an area adjacent to the port. I spent a little time in a casino that paid better than the ship. They accepted US dollars. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Great two-tank dive at two wreck sites.
Sail Date: March 2012
Great two-tank dive at two wreck sites. Very cool dives!
Great two-tank dive at two wreck sites. Very cool dives! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
I have scuba dove countless times, but I'm not certified.
Sail Date: March 2012
I have scuba dove countless times, but I'm not certified. My wife has only gone a couple times, but she really enjoyed it, so she wanted to go. The two girls who ran through training at the pool were helpful and everything was ... Read More
I have scuba dove countless times, but I'm not certified. My wife has only gone a couple times, but she really enjoyed it, so she wanted to go. The two girls who ran through training at the pool were helpful and everything was comfortable. We were led to the boat to take us to the dive spot, and we were merged on the boat with three other groups of certified divers. When we got to the dive point, our instructors kind of disappeared. She hadnt assisted 3 out of the 4 people having difficulty in the choppy water, and they had to get back in the boat. My wife convinced me to go without her, so I just kind of joined up with another group. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
The contrast to a relaxed diving experience was the dive we booked through HAL with Unique Sports ...
Sail Date: January 2011
The contrast to a relaxed diving experience was the dive we booked through HAL with Unique Sports at Aruba. We rushed from the ship to the dive shop on Palm Beach then jumped on board a rather cramped boat and hurriedly assembled our own ... Read More
The contrast to a relaxed diving experience was the dive we booked through HAL with Unique Sports at Aruba. We rushed from the ship to the dive shop on Palm Beach then jumped on board a rather cramped boat and hurriedly assembled our own gear to be ready as soon as they had tied up to the dive buoy marking the wreck, Antilla. Enjoyed the dive as we figure-8ed the wreck but would like to have taken more time as there was plenty to see sitting upon and hiding among the steel. The safety monitor in me was a little put off by the glass-bottom tour boat constantly running back and forth 40 feet over our heads. Dive flags are to warn motor boats away. If anybody had to make an emergency ascent, there was certainly a danger of hitting or being hit by that thing. Dive op was truly pumping the divers through and everything about the experience seemed rushed but the dive, itself. Upon returning to the boat, the pace picked up another notch or two in a rush to get back to the dock and take on the next boatload. Dive personnel were engaged in their own missions of the moment and none of those included preparing or disassembling any dive gear or otherwise assisting the customers. There was assistance at the ladder. Don't know if there were any facilities to shower or rinse gear as we were hustled from the boat back to gear check-in and into a van for the return to the cruise dock with the admonition that if we did not take that van, we would have to arrange our own way back. When we got back to the ship, there was so much gear cleanup remaining that we had no time to debark again before we were scheduled to sail away again mid-afternoon. But the dive was worth it all. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line